Marlene McCurtis, a Firelight Media Documentary Lab alum, is a writer, filmmaker, and teaching artist. She has directed and produced for documentary series on A&E, Lifetime, PBS, The Discovery Channel, and NatGeo. She is in post-production on WEDNESDAYS IN MISSISSIPPI, her first documentary feature film about a little-known interracial alliance between women during the Civil Rights Movement.
She is the associate director at TheatreWorkers Project where she teaches creative writing to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as produces and directs short performance pieces documenting the rich stories created by workshop participants. She is also the co-founder and director of Yoga@, a grassroots program offering free/low-cost yoga to underserved communities in L.A. Marlene holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State.